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Have you ever just looked outside and wished your cat could feel the wind blowing through her fur and the feel of the grass beneath her paws? No matter how domesticated you may think your cat is, you may be wondering if a little yard time is in the cards? But do the benefits of letting your feline friend roam outside outweigh the risks?


Risks and Benefits of Letting Your Cat Go Outside


Risk: Disease and Parasites

When you allow your cat to roam freely, you put her at risk of coming across infected strays. With an estimated 70 million stray cats in the US, your cute, little, Fluffy runs a larger risk of contracting a disease when she encounters them. Some of these diseases can be fatal such as feline AIDs or feline Leukemia. In addition, there are hundreds of parasites such as ticks, fleas, and ringworm harboring outside just waiting to make a meal of your furry friend and infest your home.

Benefit: No More Litter Boxes

A house cat that wanders outside is more likely to “go” outside. The benefit of this means that you’ll likely be able to rid your home of litter boxes. This could make your home smell better and eliminates the responsibility of daily litter-box cleaning. However, you may now have to scoop up tiny cat feces out of your neighbor’s yard.

Risk: Increased Physical Dangers

There are a lot of safety concerns that come into play when your cat goes outside. He can be hit by a car, attacked by other wild animals, or even come across cruel humans who would hurt him. Whether you’re allowing your cat to roam all over, or just in your yard, the risks still exist.

Benefit: Decreased Obesity, Increased Mental Health

Cats that spend time outdoors are going to be more active than cats that lounge inside all day. This increased activity could aid in weight loss and help decrease you cat’s chances of becoming obese. Additionally, outside time could be a great stress relief for your animal. Cats are natural born hunters; being outdoors gives your cat a chance to exercise those instincts increasing his mental health.

Risk: Hunting Other Animals

While practicing their predatory skills can be good, your cat’s natural tendencies can also pose a problem for other animals in the community. If your cat begins hunting birds, your neighbor’s hamsters, or even some snakes, this could cause a problem with your neighbors.

Over to You…

Overall, it may be best to keep Your Fluffy inside. Letting her perch by a screened window or inside a screened-in porch can keep her safe while giving her some indirect contact with the outside world. Do you let your indoor cat roam outside?  

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